Hawkins Market, closed since 2016, was sold in an absolute auction to Medina County Habitat for Humanity for $800,000.
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MEDINA — The former Hawkins Market was auctioned off Wednesday for $800,000 to the Medina County Habitat for Humanity.
About 25 people showed up at noon for the absolute auction — meaning it went to the highest bidder and didn’t have a minimum price — at the former grocery store at 233 Lafayette Road, Medina.
Bids started out at $200,000 with several interested bidders. It didn’t take long for the auction to close and less than 30 minutes later the nonprofit agency had found a new home.
“We’re going to relocate the ReStore and all of the Habitat operations here,” Habitat board president and Medina County Commissioner Bill Hutson said.
“We think it’s the right size building and the right location. We wanted to stay in the downtown area in Medina and this is perfect for us.”
This will consolidate two locations as the ReStore and Habitat offices are currently at two different locations. Habitat leases office space at 620 E. Smith Road.
Hutson did not provide information about what would happen to the current ReStore at 342 E. Smith Road.
Kaufman Realty & Auctions, of Sugarcreek, conducted the auction, which went to the highest bidder.
Habitat for Humanity put down a nonrefundable $80,000 down payment Wednesday, which was 10 percent of the purchase price. The remaining balance is due in
30 to 45 days at closing. There is a 10 percent buyer’s premium added to the bid price.
The 36,667-square-foot building sits on 3.68 acres. It’s zoned C-2, which is retail office district designation. There are 172 parking spots. It has an agreement to share parking space with a CVS drugstore that is next door.
Three different roads — South Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette Road and Huntington Street — have access to the property.
“I think that makes it very appealing,” Kaufman Founder/Auctioneer Dave Kaufman said. “All those things are certainly advantageous when you’re looking at buying any commercial property.”
All of the equipment in the building was included in the deal, including a generator, cardboard baler, coolers/ freezers, walk-in coolers, a sprinkler system and more. Nearly 10,000 people live within a mile of the building.
The ReStore sells building materials, furniture, stoves, ovens and refrigerators, among other things, all of which are donated. Currently, it’s only open on Saturdays.
“Eventually, we want to expand operations and stay open two or three days a week,” Hutson said. “This is a big step for us.”
The proceeds from the ReStore are used to build homes at a reduced cost to families with limited incomes. Hutson said the agency has built homes in Lodi, Wadsworth, Medina and Brunswick, most of the bigger population centers in Medina County.
At times, needy families are provided zero-interest loans, which are paid back over time. The people must also donate 250 hours of community service time.
“Once they qualify, we actively work to find a location to either build or renovate,” Hutson said.
He said he’s been on the board for almost two years. Habitat has been discussing different locations and different opportunities in the Medina area.
“This fit what we wanted perfectly,” Hutson said.
He said Habitat liked the size of the building and the openness, which will allow the agency to better display its items for sale.
Hutson said Habitat went into the auction with a limit on how much it could spend.
“We’re a nonprofit,” he said. “We were quickly approaching that limit.”
Kaufman called the former Hawkins store “a landmark.” It served the Medina community for 34 years before closing in September 2016.
“They had a lot of good memories in this store,” he said. “The potential is here. The accessibility is here. The acreage is here for parking. You have a very respectable building. Put your visions to work.”
Kaufman said the property’s value was assessed at $1.7 million.